Brave new world! The sizzle of couplings and uncouplings – attraction and romance, ineffable magnetism, mysterious as ever – but doused with a savory dose of Nathan Brown humor, a tilted long-ranging eye that sees the next bend in the road even when he’s standing right here, firmly planted.
~ NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
Hiding hard truths (some poison, some not) behind talk of salt-rimmed margaritas, Alton Brown, Frito Pies, and Dumb and Dumber, Nathan Brown is most decidedly a poet for people certain they don’t like poetry. As well as those who do.
~ DENNIS ABRAMS
Contributing Editor for Publishing Perspectives
Author of The Play’s The Thing
This new collection from Nathan Brown is a gem. Poignant, honest and witty, his prayer-like poems give due attention to the often unnoticed details of everyday life, and nudge the reader awake to their own surroundings.
~ MAGGI DAWN
Dean of Marquand Chapel,
Associate Professor of Theology and Literature,
Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Although I have no intention of dying soon (or ever), reading these very funny and moving poems makes me realize I need to start thinking seriously about my last words. Because if Nathan Brown decides some day to do another collection of these I want to make the cut.
~ GEORGE BILGERE
Winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award and Pushcart Prize
If it so happens that Nathan comes to know my last words, he can make a poem out of them. Kinda hope he doesn’t though. I’m selfish that way.
~ JAMES MCMURTRY
Unapologetic songwriter, and two-time Americana Music Award winner
Brown certainly knows who he is poetically; these poems demonstrate a carefully cultivated poetics valuing communication and directness.
~ BEN MYERS
Oklahoma Poet Laureate,
Review for World Literature Today 4/22/2012